Religious models such as monotheism, the golden rule and universal dignity are pillars of human civilization. Like science models, their strength is due to the truth they embody, and not dependent upon the zeal of "true believers."
Opportunistic predation has reached its sell-by date. An important part of a strong defense is not giving offense in the first place. Going forward, the only thing as important as how we treat the Earth is how we treat each other.
Seventy percent of people over 65 will need some form of daily assistance. Yet in an aging America, just when these services will be needed by our loved ones the most, long-term services and supports is eroding due to budget constraints.
The irony of the Western invention of the "Arab Spring" is that regardless of citizenry remonstrations for "self-determination," we still continue to see the Arab region in our eyes and not through theirs.
Manal al-Sharif was arrested this weekend for driving around her neighborhood. She wasn't speeding, she didn't run a red light and she didn't break any laws. She was arrested for being a woman with the audacity to drive a car in Saudi Arabia.
"The Pippa Middleton Ass Appreciation Society," which by now has over 200,000 Facebook fans, raises interesting questions of how we choose to use our spare time and the role of social media in this process.
While some consider bin Laden to have been the personification of evil, he was nonetheless a human being. A more appropriate response to his killing would be to mourn the many tragedies that led up to his violent death.